Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes


U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary offers boating course

The Martha’s Vineyard Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer a 10-week Boating Skills and Seamanship (BS&S) course that begins Wednesday, March 6, and ends May 15. The course will meet weekly from 6 to 8 pm at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.

The course will cover topics and techniques of value to all recreational boaters to foster safe boating on near-shore waters, according to a press release. The detailed subject matter will include: choosing, powering and equipping a boat, safety equipment, trailering, boat handling, aids to navigation, navigation rules, nautical charts and basic piloting, knots and lines, weather and marine radio.

The course is approved by the Massachusetts Environmental Police. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion. There is a $50 fee to cover the textbooks, chart and materials used in the course. Pre-registration is required for admission. For more information or to register call Chris Scott, Public Education Officer, at 774-930-0921.

ACE MV spring registration beings now

This spring ACE MV is offering more than 30 classes and seminars. Subjects include arts and communication, business and computers, cooking, history, health care and fitness, writing and languages, as well as two free author readings co-sponsored by Bunch of Grapes Book Store.

Online registration at is open now. Walk-in registration will be Tuesday, March 5, from 4:30 to 6 pm at the MVRHS lobby. Classes start March 12 and preregistration is strongly advised because classes are limited in size.

Whether you want to learn computer skills or cake decorating, take a course in basic auto maintenance for women or create pottery, practice creative writing skills or basic carpentry, join a community dance class or delve into a community history and culture project or world religions, there are plenty of exciting choices.

All Thursday evening ACE MV classes at MVRHS offer free childcare.

Call 774-310-1131 or e-mail for more information.

New resource for chronic disease sufferers

The Vineyard Nursing Association (VNA), Vineyard Health Care Access Program, and Island Health have announced the creation of The Martha’s Vineyard Partnership for Health, a collaborative that strives to help people access the resources, education, and health care needed to improve their health, according to a press release.

The free program is a new resource for people living with, or at risk for, chronic diseases such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, and COPD. It is offered free of charge to participants who want to make changes that will cultivate better health and reduce symptoms of chronic disease.

The program is funded by a grant from the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. It is modeled on a nationally recognized Chronic Care Model that was developed in Seattle, Wash., according to the release.

The MV Partnership for Health offers health coaching, diabetes education classes, a chronic disease management class, walking groups, and other exercise and wellness programs. Classes and health coaching are offered in English and Portuguese.

The program is initially open to anyone who is at risk, for example, overweight, family history, high blood pressure, high blood sugar or pre-diabetic, diagnosed or experiencing acute symptoms of chronic disease.

Referrals can be made by a primary care provider, a nurse, a friend, or the individual. For more information, contact Lindsey Strug at 508-687-7118 or visit